Oil and gas wells on public lands. Photo by BLM.

Sustainable and responsible development

The BLM supports a sustainable and responsible energy approach, which includes renewable energy resources such as wind, geothermal and solar and oil and gas, coal, and strategic minerals—all of which may be developed on public lands and subject to free markets.  

The BLM has a strong history of meeting our Nation’s energy needs while at the same time leading the way in sustainable development.  We seek to find innovative methods to benefit the public by supporting local economies and providing dependable domestic energy.  Development of these energy sources economically benefit the Nation and the states by providing revenue where the energy source is developed.